George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work| Case Study

Mount Desert Elementary

Grades K-8 | Northeast Harbor, ME

Social and Emotional Learning Techniques Help Students Focus

Mount Desert Elementary focuses on creating a learning environment that helps the students feel a sense of community in order to build self-confidence and encourage a strong academic education.
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What This School Is Achieving

Class led by teacher on mats in circle on the floor


Mount Desert Elementary School is a small, K-8 public school in Northeast Harbor, Maine, that has successfully created a strong learning community that is the basis of the school’s academic success.

Since 2006, Mount Desert Elementary School has consistently outperformed the state of Maine in the percentage of students who ranked proficient or above on state tests. 

The school was awarded National Blue Ribbon Schools Program status for academic excellence in 2008.

Class led by teacher on mats in circle on the floor

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